Athlone is a town on the River Shannon near the southern shore of Lough Ree. It is the largest town in the Midlands Region. Most of the town lies on the east bank of the river; however, an area on the west bank of the Shannon is also included in the town.
The 2016 Census of Ireland recorded the population of the town at 21,349. Recent growth has also occurred outside the town’s boundaries, mainly to the west in an area called Monksland.
A direct provision (DP) site for accommodating asylum seekers has been in operation in Athlone since 2000.
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